Drawing on firsthand sources including collectors, friends, and fellow artists, Hayden Herrera has produced an exhaustive study of the Mexican painterâ€™s life, loves, and artistry. Letters and diary material add an intimate tone to a tumultuous tale of sex, politics, and marginalization in the world of art. Kahloâ€™s legend arose from her life, from the tragic accident at 18 that left her barren, to her stormy marriage to Diego Rivera that didnâ€™t preclude affairs with Noguchi and Trotsky. Kahloâ€™s distinctive interpretations of Mexican folklore and culture make her one of the most enduring figures in modern art, one that Herrera explores with the sense of drama appropriate for this larger-than-life figure. This audiobook is the definitive study of the life of the volatile and charismatic artist, the subject of a major film starring Salma Hayek and Edward Norton to be released in October 2002. "A haunting, highly vivid biography." â€” Ms.